Military HUMINT


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Miller, Greg. "Pentagon Establishes Defense Clandestine Service, New Espionage Unit." Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2012. []

According to a senior defense official, the newly created Defense Clandestine Service is "aimed at expanding on the military's espionage efforts beyond war zones." The organization "would work closely with the CIA ... in an effort to bolster espionage operations overseas at a time when the missions of the agency and the military increasingly converge." Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael Vickers is "the main force behind the changes."

Bennett, John T. "Analysis: Defense Clandestine Service Is Here To Stay." Defense News, 12 Feb. 2014. []

"Senior US officials and lawmakers are sending new signals that a fledgling cadre of military spies is a done deal, despite no real substantive public debate. The Pentagon last year proposed creation of the Defense Clandestine Service (DCS), saying the military needed its own team of spies to gather human intelligence across the globe.... [D]espite unresolved questions about operational and budgetary redundancy, Congress rubber-stamped the Pentagon's plans. And by approving the Defense Department plans as included in its last budget request, so did President Barack Obama."

Miller, Greg. "Pentagon's Plans for a Spy Service to Rival the CIA Have Been Pared Back." Washington Post, 1 Nov. 2014. []

According tocurrent and former U.S. officials, Defense Department "has scaled back its plan to assemble an overseas spy service that could have rivaled the CIA in size, backing away from a project that faced opposition from lawmakers who questioned its purpose and cost.... Under the revised blueprint, the Defense Intelligence Agency will train and deploy up to 500 undercover officers, roughly half the size of the espionage network envisioned two years ago when the formation of the Defense Clandestine Service was announced."

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